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Stephanie Bender is the founder of Full Circle Women's Health, a women's health clinic in Boulder, CO. She has conducted pioneering research into women's hormonal health, and is a nationally recognized speaker on women's health issues. She is the author of "End Your Menopause Misery" (Conari Press 2013) and "The Power of Perimenopause." Ms. Bender lives in Boulder, CO.

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How to Deal with Menopause Elegantly Like Angelina Jolie

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Angelina Jolie candidly revealed her choice to undergo a bilateral mastectomy over a year ago as a preventative measure for breast cancer. Recently, she spoke of the results of experiencing "surgical menopause" after having an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries). Surgical menopause results when the ovaries (which produce the female hormones,...

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Why Coping With Illness Needs To Be A Family Affair

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 9:23 AM

When my son, Billy, called me, I couldn't possibly have anticipated what the events of the next few days and weeks would be. He shared that Cade (my grandson) had the embarrassing experience of wetting his pants that day while he was at school. While having 'an accident' in kindergarten...

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Play Hard: We (Women) Have Earned It

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:25 PM

We can bring whatever level of determination and energy we want to making our menopausal years some of our best, but self-care during perimenopause and menopause also means taking carefree time to play and enjoy ourselves. It is a very feminine trait to be the consummate organizer and efficiency expert,...

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Meditative, Menopausal Moments: An Oxymoron?

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Making menopause a positive time in our lives starts with slowing down long enough to appreciate what is happening. This way of thinking flies in the face of how many women experience "The Change."

Our lives are relentlessly busy, and although the thought of moving at a more deliberate pace...

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Depression: The Menopausal Journey From Hopeless to Hopeful

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:38 PM

So many women (more than I can mention) have told me that while they themselves didn't understand the connection between their mood, memory, energy changes and hormonal shifts; their health care providers didn't make this connection either. Many of these women have been diagnosed with depression, and it's true --...

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Caitlyn Jenner Embraces Her Changes... So Why Can't We?

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Caitlyn Jenner is making headlines. And, although the transgender aspect of her "change" is clearly being addressed, her physical appearance is what seems to be garnering the most interest. It brings into focus the premium we place on what we look like. For many menopausal women, the topic of physical...

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Complementary Medicine for Women

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:29 AM

While shopping in a health food store, I watched women piling their carts high with herbs and remedies that promised relief from menopausal symptoms, and I listened to a conversation between a middle-aged woman and a very young, female clerk. The customer was asking where she could find "Lydia Pinkham's...

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Sharing Our History

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Writing (and perhaps sharing) our personal history takes on new meaning when the world we are living in is changing at breakneck speed. It is a meaningful exercise that allows us to stop, explore and take a journey that involves learning more about who we are. It can have a...

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Thanksgiving: The True Meaning of Thanks

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Although it may seem unusual to take notice of writing projects during the season of Thanksgiving; sometimes things happen for no apparent reason, and this "noticing'' occurred for me as I reviewed my past projects and contemplated future endeavors.

Authoring books from the seed of an idea to the completion...

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Sharing of Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Although August is not National Heart Month (February is), I am compelled to write about hearts. My reason? Ethan, one of my grandsons, had open-heart surgery last week. It was the third surgery in his 15 short years of life. Prior to his surgery Ethan asked a physician's assistant in...

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Sex And Sensuality: It's Your Choice

(13) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:45 AM

Some time ago I wrote a blog concerning sex and menopause. Comments in response to that blog ran the gamut. Some women expressed frustration with their bodies. Some felt betrayed by their husbands or partners now that their physical appearance had changed. And still others were blissfully happy that they...

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Why Our Children Need Us Now More Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 7:55 AM

'Columbine' has become a word easily recognized by everyone, not just Coloradoans. I remember where I was when the news was breaking on that horrific day, April 20, 1999. I remember the fear, shock, and disbelief that washed over me as I was standing in line waiting to check out...

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February Is National Heart Month

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:46 PM

With February being 'National Heart Month,' let's hone in on what you can do to keep your muscles toned -- including the most important muscle of all, your heart. If just the word exercise makes you feel like you want to lie down, don't worry. There are ways to get...

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The Key To Surviving A Hectic Holiday

(8) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 7:25 AM

As we find ourselves in the holiday season, too many of us find that we are in a time of year when rushing around with too much to do is commonplace. We are working, running errands, dropping off kids and grandkids (even dogs at 'doggy daycare') all the while answering...

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Breast Cancer Awareness and Football: They Go Hand in Hand

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Female news anchors wore pink dresses and male news anchors wore pink ties on October 1, marking the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. The color pink is everywhere; even in the professional ranks of football players, sporting pink shoes, pink gloves, pink sleeves on pro football uniforms, even pink...

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The Art of Aging Well

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 6:50 PM

It seems incongruent; menopause and sensuality/sexuality, right? Enter Sharon Stone, the 55-year-old lovely, who recently stated, "It's not like 50 is the new 30. It's like 50 is the new chapter." She went on to say, "We're a very colorful generation that is leading once again." She speaks of sexuality...

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Understanding Angelina Jolie's Choices

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Angelina Jolie's bilateral mastectomy and possible oophorectomy (removal of her ovaries) are shocking headlines in women's health news. At 37 (soon to be 38), her choices in taking control of her future health have made her a role model for different reasons this time around. In Angelina's case, a significant...

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Menopause: Is There an App to Turn Drab Into Fab?

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 11:06 AM

In the next five years, 32 million women, the tail end of the baby boom population curve, will begin to sweat. Not in anticipation of some looming, sci-fi apocalypse, but as they reach the transition from perimenopause to menopause, with flushes of heat by day and drenching sweats...

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: In Menopause, Can We Have It All?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Sometimes it's the mirror that delivers the shock; sometimes it's a photo. Changes in hair and skin show up during our menopausal transition, often bringing an unwelcome sense that our attractive years are over. This isn't true.

Comedian Lily Tomlin quips that she needs a "wattlectomy" to correct the...

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Menopause Blues: Is Depression Getting The Best Of You?

(8) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 7:07 AM

If you've found that depression has come along with menopause, you have lots of company. Estimates on the number of women who report feeling depressed in the menopausal years range from 11 to 33 percent, but the numbers may be even higher. Many women may not report their depression or...

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